The WorldCat knowledge base has an API. For ebooks and ejournals should be
able to query the API by the ISBN/ISSN to see if there is a match in the
WorldCat knowledge base and the url(s) for that item. Before I joined OCLC,
I played with the idea of doing something similar to this using a
record for the print version of the item in a library catalog.
On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 3:26 PM, Harper, Cynthia <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Yes that helps - we call it "suppressed".
> Your post inspired me to research changing from our "old-style" III link
> resolver to OCLC KB. So far, fun with pubget...
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> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> Jenn Riley
> Sent: Monday, July 14, 2014 3:05 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] non-kb based openurl from ILS
> Oops, sorry for being oblique! Right now we have records for ebooks and
> ejournals in Aleph completely hidden from users ('shadowed' as we call it
> here), so they're not retrieved in searches. We did this because we knew
> the links in them werent going to work once we shut off SFX. If we had
> OpenURL working in Aleph going through the OCLC KB we'd unshadow these
> records and make them available to users again.
> This all assumes the records can get into Aleph in the first place which
> is a separate issue, for which our approach and painful decisions are too
> complicated to get into here. :-)
> Does that help?
> On 2014-07-14 2:50 PM, "Harper, Cynthia" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >Sorry if this is too basic, but I'm not sure what you mean by "shadowing"
> >records in Aleph - does that mean you'd just have brief records in
> >Aleph which are loaded from an OCLC kb export? But that sounds like
> >your second option, adding a linkout... I just don't know the "shadowing"
> >Cindy Harper
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> >From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> >Jenn Riley
> >Sent: Monday, July 14, 2014 1:54 PM
> >To: [log in to unmask]
> >Subject: [CODE4LIB] non-kb based openurl from ILS
> >Hi everyone,
> >We use Aleph for our back end ILS and WorldCat Local as our discovery
> >layer. We'd previously maintained both the OCLC KB and the SFX KB, but
> >under the principle of not maintaining data in two places we've retired
> >SFX. We started out just shadowing records for e-books and e-journals
> >in Aleph, but are now wondering what it would look like to continue to
> >have those records available in Aleph and find a way to have them link
> >The URLs in these (currently shadowed) records go to SFX, and trying to
> >redirect or batch update those looks like a no-go based on the
> >difficulty of matching up the SFX and OCLC KB data. So we'd have to
> >hide those URLs and find another way to get the user from the Aleph
> >search result to the electronic version of that item.
> >In this scenario we're considering a 'find full text' button in Aleph
> >that sends an OpenURL request through to the OCLC link resolver. It's
> >basically old-skool OpenURL as before KBs existed. Or how OpenURL works
> >from an A&I database.
> >We think it's possible to do this in Aleph piggybacking on how the SFX
> >requests were constructed and sent, but would like to talk with others
> >who have done this or something similar through Aleph, if there are any.
> >Anyone have any experience with this? Or words of advice?
> >Jenn Riley
> >Associate Dean, Digital Initiatives | Vice Doyenne, Initiatives
> >McGill University Library | Bibliothèque Université McGill
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